Why Working Hard Isn’t It Doing The Trick
Updated: May 21
Students (much like adults in the working world) are finding that, in this day and age, that simply working hard isn’t paying off the same way that is used to.
It doesn’t seem fair, but it is what seems to happen. The real question is, if working hard isn’t doing the trick, what will?
You have to learn how to work smart
There’s a big difference. Working hard is grinding through questions in the hope that sheer numbers or time commitments make all the difference.
Working smart is finding the high-quality activities that help you concrete your knowledge.
These aren’t always easy to find, but they are far more beneficial from an education point of view.
Working hard vs working smart – the difference is all the world to senior students
Students moving into the senior years of high school are finding this even more. As the pressure continues to build, and workloads keep increasing, time is becoming a scarce resource.
Which is why it is so important for you, as a student, to make decisions that will improve the time you do spend studying.
Maths can make it particularly tricky
Working hard in Maths often seems like the only option. Do enough practice questions and hope for the best, right?
The truth is, there are a few small changes you can make that can drastically improve the time you do spend studying.
If you only have time to do a few questions, pick them out from the end of the topic, not the start. The start of the topic is very segregated and doesn’t cover all ideas. Questions at the end are better for testing your understanding
Go for quality, not quantity. One extended answer question is usually better than 10 quick ones.
Help your friends – teaching is a great way to reinforce your understanding and check for any gaps.
It doesn’t take much to make your time much more valuable
Just a few small changes can make one hour of study more valuable than three hours of mindless practice. Which is a win for everyone!